After a much needed 6 month period of self-care, therapy, and grueling mental challenges, I am beyond excited to announce my little corner of the internet, Essentially Lily, is relaunching on January 1st 2018!
So, what have I been up to?
Well, late April, I took the plunge and quit my job as an HR Assistant, choosing my happiness over pleasing others in a non-rewarding environment. Don’t get me wrong, I loved what I actually did in my job, but support (especially with my anxiety), staff appreciation, and any kind of incentive (we didn’t even have Christmas decorations!!) was pretty much non-existent. But more on this in another post…
So you want to get into modelling? I did too when I was about 16, so I set about sourcing local photographers to work with and build a portfolio. In 3 years, I did a few TFP (time for print) shoots, a couple of published fashion editorials for a local magazine, and a handful of catwalk shows – mainly for charity. Not really the model life I had hoped for. When I was 19, I was approach by an “agency”. I was ecstatic! A three year contract with an assigned talent coordinator, an agency who had worked with numerous big, household and high-street brands, and they were looking at me! The only thing was I had to pay around £200 for “representation and admin fees” upfront to cover the three year period. “That’s not too bad if I’m going to earn from it” I thought. Wrong. Fast forward 3 years, my contract has ended, and I didn’t receive a single phone call from them, let alone an assignment.
On Friday 17th March 2017, I was honoured to be invited to Fashion Excess, the closing show for Norwich Fashion Week 2017.
Throughout the show, we were treated to performances by Happy Coloured Marbles and electro-dance girl duo EKKAH whilst the boys and girls from Sandra Reynolds Modelling Agency strutted their stuff down the catwalk, showcasing both independent and high-street fashion in a range of styles.
As this is my first Christmas blogging, this is my first ever post of the type and I’ve read soooo many good ones already. Maybe it’s because I’m secretly a nosey B, but I love seeing what new products people are buying, so I’m jumping on the bandwagon and showcasing what I got for Christmas this year.
2017 is almost upon us, and I’ve already seen a handful of people planning their New Years resolutions. I’ve tried to keep and stick to them, failed, tried again, failed again, over and over, and now I’ve kinda just given up altogether.
Instead, I’ve compiled a 2017 Bucket List of things I want to see/do/accomplish next year: